Nippon Budokan functions as a venue for big musical events, its primary purpose is for Japanese martial arts. Nippon Budokan contains three halls, the largest of which holds 14,000 Read more [...]
Yasukuni Shrine is Shinto Shrine which houses the souls of some 2.5 million people killed in Japan’s wars. Yasukuni Shrine is controversial because it houses the soles of convicted war criminals executed by the Allies. Yasukuni Shrine received international media coverage when Japanese Prime Minister Koizumi visited the shrine, causing some outrage from the media and people in countries attacked or invaded by Japan during World War II.
Yasukuni Shrine includes a large inner garden which is basically behind and to the side of the Haiden. This Japanese garden features a several sections including the Shinchi Teien (Sacred Pond Garden) with three nearby tea houses, a zen style stone and gravel garden, a Sumo Ring and additional buildings and shrines.
Yushukan Museum displays military artifacts and documents covering the period from the Meiji Restoration to the end of the Pacific War (World War two), plus modern materials from the Japan Self-Defense Forces and the United States Forces based in Japan since the end of the Pacific War.
It is the displays relating to the Pacific War, which started prior to the Second World War, that has caused much of the controversy with people of the countries that Japan attacked and occupied during this war. They feel the displays and messages depicted in Yushukan Museum are distorted, false or portray a revisionist version of history, where Japan is seen in a positive light.
The first floor exhibition includes the following aircraft: A6M Zero, Yokosuka D4Y bomber and Ohka Model 11. Also on display are two 15cm cannon, steam locomotive, torpedo,small tank and models of other items such as ships. Note: Cameras can only be used on the first floor of the museum.
The second floor includes a small cinema and exhibitions mainly relating to the period prior to the Pacific War and modern materials.